About Our Team

Innovation meets integrity

Together our team is building a new kind of technology, one that promises to drastically change how businesses comply, forever. It’s a groundbreaking new way to navigate the world of regulatory compliance more quickly, efficiently, and most important of all, reliably.

We’re a team of compliance officers, lawyers, data scientists, and technologists committed to helping businesses thrive by reducing the cost and complexity of regulatory compliance.


Founder and President

Brian Clark

Brian has a wide breadth of regulatory compliance experience including derivatives exchanges, market investigations, clearinghouse compliance, and registered brokerage businesses. He earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Illinois, a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is a former Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel, and is passionate about entrepreneurship. He is an Eagle Scout. In 2015 he co-founded Ascent RegTech. Ascent’s uses artificial intelligence to help customers digitalize and automate their regulatory risk and compliance programs.

Chief Executive Officer

Jon Leitner

Jon has worked for large companies as well as several startups where he helped grow and successfully sell some of those businesses. For most of his 28-year career he has managed and built sales and marketing organizations for companies including Interwoven, Fios and SpringCM. He has worked with boards of directors and early stage company CEOs to help them hone their go to market strategies. During his career, he has focused on accelerating revenue growth through efforts which included pioneering inside sales teams, partner relationships and thought leadership. He has led both direct and indirect sales channels. With a focus on creating customer intimacy while driving user adoption of those companies’ offerings. Jon holds a BS in Economics from the University of Rochester and lives in Massachusetts with his wife and four children.

Chief Architect

Chris Doyle

Chris has spent more than a decade in software development and management in both startups and large companies. His work at Ascent is a natural extension of his experience creating workflow tools, gracefully combining human and machine operations, and building beautiful, intuitive, user-oriented experiences. He earned a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Olin College.

VP Data Science

Spencer Allee

Spencer specializes in building and leading data science and data engineering teams with a focus on enabling people to feel excited about their work, make an impact, and grow their careers. At PwC’s Analytics Advisory practice he started and led the AI Accelerator, a machine learning-focused innovation team. At Tribune Publishing he served as the VP of AI and Data Solutions, focused on developing new products using the Tribune’s unique data assets. He holds a BA in Economics from Yale University.

VP Finance

Dan McKelvey

Dan is a seasoned finance leader with over a decade of international work experience focused on building strong finance teams and partnering with the business to create robust, analytically rigorous organizations. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and Asian Studies from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

VP People

Carrie Pinkham

Carrie is an experienced people leader with over fifteen years’ experience of maturing the HR & Recruiting functions in past organizations.  Most recently, she was in the cybersecurity industry, aiding in the growth of the Talent Acquisition function at Stroz Friedberg and supported the acquisition and integration activities with Aon. Prior to that, she was one of the early employees at GoHealth and established their in-house recruiting function and led many first-time people initiatives within the Talent Team. Carrie earned a BA in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification.  She is a member of the Talent & HR Council with Sales Assembly.  When not at work, Carrie and her husband are having fun with their three small children.   

VP Product

Adrian Johnson

Bio coming soon

Director of Customer Experience

Ellen Kreuger

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